Autumn feels tantalizingly close and with her comes the beautiful, dark color palette, cozy nights and a breath of fresh, clean air. But now it’s summer- and we are enjoying it to the fullest. The sunshine so calming and warming on the skin – to the point where Norway doesn’t feel like a Nordic country, but a paradise further south. Best of all, of course, in culinary terms Autumn is when things get really intriguing. This is the time for the first blueberries of the year (think: freshly picked blueberries in milk), and apples picked straight off the tree (think: a mouthwatering apple cake with vanilla ice cream); the time to pick the remaining cherries from the trees, if the birds havn’t gotten to them yet, and for the plums to be devoured, which I prefer straight off the tree. I would never play favorite with the seasons, as all the seasons brings something unique with it, but Autumn is for sure one of my favorites.
The previous week we decided to take the ferry to one of the islands in the Oslo fjord. This is the kind of island that has a lush plant- and floral life, and where you end up spending a whole day- if not several days, only to enjoy the complete senerity the island brings. This island, Nakholmen- a place covered with flowers, and especially one flower caught my attention. As soon as we got to shore, we noticed the most beautiful aroma covering the island. The kind of aroma I’ve only yet to experience at food markets and grocery stores; Thyme- wild thyme. Excited as I was I grabbed a bag, wanting to pick a whole bunch- only to discover that the plant- and flower life on the island is protected. We sat down in the thyme infused grass, with the breeze taking a grasp around it- filling the air with a beautiful scent of thyme, enjoying a lovely slice of a Spiced Plum Pie while watching the ferry pass us by again and again.